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The Theory of Money and Credit is an economics book written by Ludwig von Mises, originally published in German as Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel in 1912. Along with Carl Menger's Principles of Economics, and Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk's Capital and Interest, this work was a major contribution to economic theory.

Its first English translation was published in 1934, and Part Four was added by Mises to the English language edition in 1953. In this work, Mises looks at the nature and value of money, and its effect on determining monetary policy. Included is his regression theorem, that tries to explain why money is demanded in its own right, as moneys at first glance do not serve a consumable need. Mises explained that moneys only can come about after there has been a demand for the money commodity in a barter economy.

The German word Umlaufsmittel literally translates as "means of circulation" and was translated into the text of the English version as "fiduciary media". However, the publisher thought the unusual terminology would irritate readers and substituted "money and credit" in the title, thereby losing the specific distinction Mises had made in selecting his original term.


Pages 498
Language English
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Reviewer: librivoxbooks - - July 3, 2013
Subject: Still under copyright
This edition's copyright was renewed in 1981; therefore, it is under copyright. Here's the iformation from the Stanford database:

Long Record

Title The Theory of money and credit.
Author Ludwig VonMises.
Registration Date 20May53
Renewal Date 27Oct81
Registration Number A93361
Renewal Id RE104218
Renewing Entity Ludwig VonMises (W)
Old Class Code
Edition Statements New ed., enl. with an essay on monetary reconstruction.
Limitation of Claim; New Matter
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